Because Chapel and Convocation programs are viewed as an integral component of a Gordon education, regular attendance is required for graduation, much like other non credit-bearing elements of the Gordon experience such as La Vida, Discovery and physical education courses.
All full-time students living on campus must receive 30 Christian life and worship credits each semester regardless of work schedule. Commuters are required to receive 20 Christian life and worship credits. Seniors in their last semester before graduating do not have a Christian life and worship requirement but are encouraged to attend Chapel and Convocation and take advantage of the many Christian life and worship events offered.
Records and Accountability
Records of attendance are kept in the Chapel Office. You can check your Christian life and worship credit online at the gosite (go.gordon.edu). After one semester of non-compliance, offending students will be placed on probation; parents of dependent students will be notified and a record kept in the student's file. A second semester of non-compliance will result in suspension from the college for one semester. Following a semester of suspension, students will be eligible to re-apply to the College. Students returning from suspension will be required to meet the chapel requirement each semester until their last semester as a graduating senior. Any attempt to falsely represent one's record will result in disciplinary action.
Special Cases: The following students may submit a Christian Life & Worship Credit Reduction Petition form to the Chapel Office. All forms must be in by the second week of classes each semester.
- Married students and parents of young children may apply to have their attendance requirement reduced to 15 credits per semester.
- Participants in off-campus academic internships and/or student teaching which directly conflict with morning chapel and convocation times must have their form completed by the student, the faculty advisor, and internship supervisor.
- Students who miss a week or more of classes due to a serious illness may file for two credits per each week of missed classes by having a medical notification sent to Chapel Office.